Today's News

  • Feature back missing from Super Bowl

    By Rob Maaddi
    The Associated Press

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Tom Brady-Bill Belichick dynasty actually lacks something: a 100-yard rusher in the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots.

    Perhaps that’s the best way to explain why it’s been a decade since a title game winner reached a mark often reserved for Super Bowl MVPs. It also illustrates how the game has changed since Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Terrell Davis were carrying the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos to championships.

  • Eagles latest to wear underdog label

    The Associated Press

    BLOOMINGTON, Minn.  — America loves comeback stories, the last-to-first variety that features new stars, big plays and a monumental triumph at the end.

    That would be the tale of the Philadelphia Eagles if they win Sunday’s Super Bowl.

    The oddsmakers don’t see it happening and have installed the New England Patriots — yes, them again — as 4½-point favorites.

  • Looking Ahead: Sports, Feb. 4-7

    SUNDAY (Feb. 4)

    • NMHU vs. University of the Southwest (DH), 1 p.m., Albuquerque Sports Complex
    • NMHU vs. Western New Mexico, 12:30 p.m., Cleveland High, Rio Rancho


    • Las Vegas youth league girls’ games, 5:30 p.m., Rec


    • NMHU women and men vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 5 and 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

  • Las Vegas community battles flu symptoms

    While the flu grips much of the nation in sickness, New Mexico and the Las Vegas community are also laboring under its impact.

    As reported in Wednesday’s Optic, some West Las Vegas elementary schools were closed this week for sanitization. They included Union Street, closed Tuesday and Wednesday; and Don Cecilio Martinez, with Tony Serna Jr., both scheduled for closure on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 1 and 2.

  • Mayor, department heads host town hall meeting

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A wide variety of topics, ranging from sidewalks along New Mexico Avenue to water storage plans, were covered when City of Las Vegas hosted a town hall meeting Tuesday at the Las Vegas Senior Center Sabino Street.

  • N.M. House passes $6.3B budget

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    A budget that would raise salaries for public school teachers and state employees while expanding funding for early childhood education sailed through the state

    House of Representatives on Wednesday by a vote of 65-3.

    The budget is a contrast to those in recent years, when financial shortfalls prompted spending cuts and partisan sparring.

  • House panel OKs bipartisan crime legislation

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Democrats and Republicans rallied behind a package of crime and public safety legislation on Wednesday, lending a bipartisan stamp of approval to five very different bills that may not end long-running disputes over criminal sentencing or bail reform but which backers say represent a coordinated approach to one of the most pressing issues at the Roundhouse this year.

  • Spaceport secrecy bill clears Senate panel

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — A Senate committee voted Tuesday to advance a bill that would grant more secrecy to Spaceport America, the $220 million state facility near Truth or Consequences originally pitched as a hub for space tourism but which critics argue is a boondoggle.

    Spaceport America has pushed in recent years for a carve-out in the state’s open records law, arguing it is crucial to compete for business in a high-tech industry that prizes privacy.

  • Legislature In Brief, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

    The Santa Fe New Mexica

    Permanent fund: The Senate Rules Committee voted 5-3 on Wednesday to advance a constitutional amendment by Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, that calls for using 1.5 percent of the state’s Land Grand Permanent Fund to expand early childhood education programs.

    That is a bigger share than proposed in a constitutional amendment expected to get a vote in the House of Representatives during the coming days. House Joint Resolution 1 would use 1 percent of the fund.

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

    Saturday, Feb. 3
    The United World College-USA will host a Balkan music and dance night on the Montezuma campus. Open to the public, the free event will begin at 6 p.m. with a Balkan dance workshop in the dance studio of the Edith Lansing Field House. A performance by the Santa Fe Balkan Band EVET and dance party will follow at 7 p.m. in Kluge Auditorium. Children are welcome. For information, contact UWC Music Director Melinda Russial at melinda.russial@uwc-usa.org.

    Thursday, Feb. 8